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Blue Danube Discovery Cruise 2019

9 days
Austria, Germany, Hungary & Slovakia
Starting from $3249* Taxes & Fees Apply

Join Educational Opportunities on Ama Waterways MS AmaCerto sailing from Budapest, Hungary to Nuremberg, Germany departing May 4, 2019!  Pricing starts at $3,249*.

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount

What’s Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Cruise
  • Meals on Ship
  • Select Shore Excursions
  • Wine, Beer & Soft Drinks

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA

Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Budapest.

Day 2 EMBARKATION – BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Board your cruise in Budapest. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers as the ship cruises to Bratislava. (D)

Day 3 BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

Host to the crowning ceremonies of 11 Hungarian kings and queens between 1536 and 1830, Bratislava certainly has earned the title “Coronation City of Kings” as you’ll discover during your walking tour. Or join a culinary host to sample traditional Slovakian specialties, as well as learn how to prepare stuffed potato ravioli with an opportunity to taste your own creation. For a more active adventure, hike up to Bratislava Castle, offering magnificent views of the city. (B,L,D)

Day 4 VIENNA, AUSTRIA

The “City of Waltzes” offers a treasure trove of gems and you have two ways to discover them. Join a city tour showcasing its regal splendors, including the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and then visiting St. Stephen’s Cathedral. For a more active exploration of the area, take a guided bike ride along the Danube. During the afternoon, you can enjoy leisure time or pedal your way to Klosterneuburg Monastery on a guided cycling tour. (B,L,D)

Day 5 DURNSTEIN – MELK

After reaching the Wachau Valley in the morning, you’ll have a choice of three excursions in Durnstein. Partake in a walking tour along cobblestone streets to the luminous blue facade of the Baroque Stiftskirche, its famed church tower, before enjoying a wine tasting in a local cellar. For a beautiful view of the Wachau Valley, hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held. Alternatively, visit a local boutique, where you’ll be treated to the region’s finest apricot products. After your morning excursions, you have a choice to cruise through the Wachau Valley to Melk or join a bike tour along the Danube. Upon reaching Melk, take a tour of the UNESCO?designated Melk Abbey. (B,L,D)

Day 6 PASSAU, GERMANY

Enjoy a scenic morning sailing to the medieval city of Passau. Join a walking tour through this 2,000?year?old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Guests looking for a more active morning can choose between a guided bike tour along the Danube, or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus Fortress overlooking Passau. (B,L,D)

Day 7 REGENSBURG

Explore Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a guided walking tour showcasing the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 A.D. As an alternate option, sample some of Bavaria’s specialties— beer, sausage and pretzels; or bike to Walhalla where you'll see the neo?Classical white marble temple inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. (B,L,D)

Day 8 NUREMBERG

Enjoy a scenic morning cruise as the ship crosses the Continental Divide via the Main?Danube Canal to Nuremberg. Explore the medieval city center with a tour that showcases the Imperial Castle and the famous town wall, as well as Albrecht Durer’s home and Market Square with its legendary fountain. Or you can take a guided tour of the city’s WWII history, including a visit to the infamous Zeppelin Field, a museum built on the site of former Nazi rallies and the site of the Nuremberg Trials when not in session. Alternatively, savor traditional Franconian specialties by sampling famously delicious Nuremburger Bratwurst, Rot bier (red beer) and Lebkuchen (gingerbread). (B,L,D)

Day 9 NUREMBERG – DISEMBARKATION

This morning, depart the ship after breakfast. (B)

Enhance Your Journey

Budapest $520

May 2 ‐ DEPART USA

Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Budapest.

May 3 ‐ ARRIVE IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Arrive in Budapest and transfer to your hotel.

May 4 ‐ BUDAPEST

Savor the beauty of Buda and Pest on opposite sides of the Danube with

a city tour that showcases many highlights, including the Great Market

Hall, Heroes’ Square and Castle Hill. (B)

May 5 ‐ BUDAPEST ‐ EMBARKATION

Check out of your hotel to board your luxurious ship. During the evening,

be treated to a special Illuminations cruise around Budapest’s famed

Parliament building. (B,D)

Prague $840

May 12 ‐ NUREMBERG –DISEMBARKATION –PILZEN–PRAGUE, CZECH

REPUBLIC

Depart the ship after breakfast and drive through the countryside to Pilzen,

a city perhaps best known for producing Pilsner beer. You will have free

time to explore this lovely town and have lunch before continuing to

Prague and checking into your hotel. (B)

May 13 ‐ PRAGUE

Discover Prague with a choice of a city tour or a castle hike. Both will reveal

why Prague is considered one of Europe’s most attractive cities, with a

historic city center that’s recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See

all the key highlights, including the National Museum, Wenceslas Square,

the 1,000 year‐old Prague Castle and Old Market Square, where you will

find the famous Astronomical Clock. (B)

May 14 ‐ PRAGUE

Beer has a long and illustrious history in the Czech Republic with the first

brewery known to have existed in 993. Pilsner Urquell was created in 1842,

being the first pilsner ever made, whilst Budweiser came into being in the

city of Budweis. Beer is a core part of the country’s national identity, so

much so the Czechs are the biggest consumers of beer in the world. The

country is home to more than 100 breweries with a combination of big

names and micro establishments offering a huge range of styles, so join a

Czech beer tasting and discover for yourself what makes the Czech’s beer

some of the very best in the world. (B)

May 15 ‐ DEPART PRAGUE

Bid farewell to Prague and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

Departure Dates

  1. May 4, 2019
*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount